1939 Birthday of Sir Ian McKellen, a Tony winner in 1981 for playing Salieri in Amadeus. Among his other Broadway appearances are Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare, and revivals of Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land, and Dance of Death. His many film appearances include X-Men, Gods and Monsters, and The Lord of the Rings (as Gandalf).
1943 Birthday of Leslie Uggams, who wins a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in the musical Hallelujah, Baby! Her Broadway appearances also include the musicals Her First Roman, Anything Goes, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and plays King Hedley II and On Golden Pond.
1964 Opening night of The Subject Was Roses, Frank Gilroy's play about a soldier who returns home to his battling parents, starring Jack Albertson and Martin Sheen. It wins both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award as Best Play.
1999 Audience members to East is East, opening at Manhattan Theatre Club, are treated to the real smells of frying fish and chips. Director Scott Elliott makes every effort to include the audience in the surroundings of Ayub Khan-Din's drama, about a Pakistani family in England.
1999 Thwak joins the list of onomatopoeic shows that have made it to the stage as performances start at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre. The Australian comedy duo of David Collins and Shane Dundas, better known as The Umbilical Brothers, present an evening of physical comedy and self-produced sound effects.
2016 Cirque du Soleil kicks off the 2016–17 Broadway season with Paramour, the company’s first made-for-Broadway musical. Jeremy Kushnier, Ruby Lewis, and Ryan Vona lead the 38 person cast of singers, actors, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, and circus arts performers. The production runs 366 performances at the Lyric Theatre.
Watch Leslie Uggams sing "If He Walked Into My Life" and talk about her famous performance of "June Is Bustin' Out All Over":